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Jewish-Presbyterian Split Widens Over Israel Letter

10/17/2012 - 20:00

 

Jewish groups pulled out of an upcoming meeting with Protestant colleagues over a letter from Christian leaders to congressmen calling for a possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel.

On ‘Jew-Washing’ And BDS

How Jewish anti-Israel activists are gaining influence among Christian groups.
07/23/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At the Pittsburgh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) earlier this month, a motion to adopt a boycott of three companies for doing business with Israel was hotly debated and narrowly defeated.  At this Christian gathering, a group of “young Jewish activists” provided important “testimony” supporting the motion to isolate and demonize Israel. 

Protestors Rebuffed in Call For TIA-CREF Anti-Settlements Boycott

07/19/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Officials of TIAA-CREF, which manages pension funds for teachers and other non-profit employees, rejected demands from activists Tuesday that they no longer invest in companies that profit from the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank.

At its annual shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte, N.C., CEO Roger Ferguson said the company had considered the request of the activists, which included some shareholders, and did not believe it would achieve the protestors’ goal.

CUNY Board Nixes Honorary Degree For Playwright Tony Kushner

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s Israel views presumably behind rare move.
05/02/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Updated Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.: Today playwright Tony Kushner responded to the CUNY board of trustees. Read his letter here.

In what is believed to be a rare move, the City University of New York has turned down a request by one of its colleges to honor Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner at its commencement ceremony this spring, The Jewish Week has learned.

Tony Kushner

J.J. Goldberg gets it on Richard Jacobs, Reform, J Street

Okay, he works for the competition and all, but I have to say it: the Forward's J.J. Goldberg nailed it  on the issue of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, recently selected as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Brandeis Hillel Again Rejects Membership Bid by Jewish Voice for Peace

03/30/2011 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The Brandeis University Hillel has rejected a second membership bid by the controversial Jewish student group Jewish Voice for Peace.

Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP asking the Brandeis Hillel to reconsider its decision earlier this month not to admit JVP as a partner organization.

Fifty rabbis and 100 faculty members, parents of students and Brandeis alumni also signed the petition, according to JVP spokespeople.

Nuance in the delegitimization debate: why is the Jewish establishment so scared of it?

You want to know what bothers me the most about Jewish communal life?

In our zeal to protect Israel and our anger at a world that is habitually unfair to the Jewish state, we insist on rigid orthodoxies that can only undermine the cause we say we believe in.

There's no place for thoughtfulness and nuance in this world, only slogans, litmus tests and exclusion of those who disagree with specific ideologies about what's best for Israel.

N.Y. Times Apologizes for Pro-Palestinian Writer

02/09/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The New York Times apologized for allowing a writer who has attended pro-Palestinian rallies to co-author a story claiming that Jewish criticism of Israel has grown in the San Francisco region.

The Feb. 3 article, headlined "A Jewish Group Makes Waves, Locally and Abroad," covered tensions among Jews in the area. It focused particularly on Jewish Voice for Peace, which is noncommittal on whether Israel should become a binational state.

Jewish Groups Blast, Applaud Charges Against Irvine 11

02/07/2011 - 19:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Criminal charges were filed against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States in Irvine, Calif.

Jewish groups offered a mixed reaction to the charges filed late last week against nine University of California-Irvine students and two students from UC Riverside. Arraignment is set for March 11 in Santa Ana, Calif. The students disrupted a Feb. 8, 2010 speech by Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine. Oren walked off the stage twice, unable to continue because of the disruption.

Big Easy, Federations Struggling For Comeback

For a federation system hurting in tough times, New Orleans was a natural site for the GA.
11/09/2010 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

 New Orleans — For a long time the 79th General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America had been scheduled to take place this week in Orlando, Fla. But after a top consultant scouted that city last winter, and concluded that it would add little to the spirit of the annual gathering of the federation movement — and that Disney World might prove a major distraction — the decision was made to move the three-day GA here to New Orleans.

Gary Rosenblatt
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